There’s no way around it. I am addicted to coffee.
It’s not what you think. Yes, I have a cup of coffee in the morning, to get a little caffeine into the system. But, the lure of java isn’t so much a chemical dependency. Within the sealed aluminum canister on my kitchen counter lies an emotional connection to something warm, dark, and fragrant.
Coffee is one of the simple pleasures in life that I’ll never tire of and will always quietly keep me company. It’s fresh brewed every morning and whenever something soothing or happy is in order. Not only that, it goes great with conversation and seems to bring a smile when it’s offered.
So, I’m sure it’s no surprise that I associate coffee with the Word of God.
I’m curious today…
What kind of Bible coffee drinker are you?
Black Coffee – Likes the Word plain and straight.
You are a hard core Berean, who enjoys printing out the text without paragraph breaks, line by line.
Your Bible is clean from notes or commentaries, just the Scriptures and maybe a concordance. You hold a separate collection of Bible dictionaries and commentaries for reference and stuff your notes in 3-ring binders that cause your shelves to sag.
Cappuccino – Likes the Word like a shot of espresso, indulged with frothy foam.
You enjoy digging into the Word with notes and commentaries readily available, inserted alongside the text.
Your Bible is a Study Bible, and it’s most likely the NASB translation, although you switch between that and NIV. You underline and make notes in the margin. The Good Book is covered in either (faux) leather or in a canvas Bible cover.
Latte – Likes the Word, rich and creamy, and enjoys a foamy mustache.
You love walking through the Word with companions of devotional thoughts or inspirational questions.
Your bookshelf is never short of a fave devotional or Bible Study series. Your Bible might be a Life Application Bible, or it’s simply paired with your favorite “Daily Bread” or stacked on top of a study book.
Mocha – Likes the Word, like a chocolaty treat, a rich confectionery splurge.
You love journaling in the Word, reflecting on Christian writing, meditations or even art, music and photography.
The Word comes alive in a mosaic of artistic expressions. Your Bible might be a Journaling Bible where you weave whatever prompts your heart into God’s words. You are an artist who takes in the Word and sees it reflected in unexpected places.
I hope you’ll leave me a comment and lemme know how you like your Bible!
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Wow! I am for sure a mixture of a Cap/Mocha/Latte. I really am a bit of all those three things. Now, in my real life coffee-drinking, I’m a black with sugar type girl in the mornings with a little frumpy something-something in the afternoon. This could vary depending on my mood. Tooooo much fun, this post!!!
I’m not a coffee drinker at all, but as for Bible coffee drinker, I’m definitely a Cappuccino!
Mine is Coffee with 2 shots of espresso–the NIV version with notes and highlighted and personal notes all along the borders and where any white space exists and extra paper notes stuffed in when there is no longer any room to write.
Haha! I’m a Black coffee drinker. (Both actual and Biblical) This is hilarious. Great post!
I gotta say I’m a mocha guy through and through, but I really like a latte now and then. Sigh…wish I had one now.
Great post, Bonnie!
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Well, mine all depends on the day I guess. I’ve used and enjoyed all these methods before. As for my usual coffee experience, I drink it with a little cream and sugar. For a treat every once in a while I get a mocha… Don’t know what that says about me. 🙂
Bonnie, how could you do this to me so early in the day? I haven’t had anything warm or caffeinated as of yet… going to change that the second I finish this comment!
I guess I’m a combo of all of these. Just depends on the timing and my mood. After reading this… I realize I need MUCH more coffee in my life (metaphorically and literally).
Definitely Latte and Mocha, with emphasis on the artistic side.
Very creative approach, Bonnie, and fun for your readers.
What a fun post! I’m both cappucino and black. My Bible is NIV and covered in faux leather (that part made me laugh!). It has commentary within the pages. However, I don’t make notes directly in the Bible and I don’t take someone’s word for it that the Bible says (whatever). I look it up and take my info straight from the Bible.
Bonnie! Who have you got following me?
I don’t drink coffee often. Back when, I drank it 1/3 black, 1/3 hot chocolate, and 1/3 ice (so I didn’t have to impatiently wait to drink it).
Now I skip the hot chocolate and add a little ice to the black, sipping it down within a few minutes for a caffiene injection (because if I’m drinking coffee, that’s what I really want.)
But my Bible? Give it to me straight. NEW King James is Bible of choice for accuracy and lyricism. It’s COVERED with my writing. All told, I have nearly 40 Bible translations if you count computer, bookshelves, Greek, Hebrew, and English. Dictionary? Computer coded to every word. Commentary? Sure, once in a while, for comparison on what I’m thinking, but otherwise gathering dust.
I’ll be watching for you now that I know you’ve been peeking. ;D
This is one of the most fun and interesting posts I’ve seen on the Bible. LOVED it!
None of the above, I’m afraid!
I think I’m a combination of Cap/Mocha/Latte, Bonnie. I love this analogy. I love reading my bible, journaling, or having quiet time with a great, big mug of creamy coffee, too. I hope you are doing well!
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It’s so fun to learn what’re the Bible coffee drinkers here at Faith Barista!!
It’s totally no surprise — we all LOVE the Word — in all styles of pressing the Good Book and drinking Him in.
I wish you were all here, so I could make you all a cup of joe!
I enjoy all the Bible coffee drinks, but alongside my dominant Bible coffee fix: cappuccino, with straight up Black mixed in.
@Maureen: We are definitely coffee sisters! I do the SAME thing. Black in the morning and something very delicious and “frumpy something-something” in the afternoon!
@Shelli: Yes! Cappuccino!
@Jill: LOL!! Oh, hang onto that Bible, Jill. It’s a treasure!!
@Brett: Why am I not surprised, Brett? 🙂 I coulda called it. Easy…
@Billy: Judging from your writing, you must drink and swim in mocha, Billy!
@jasonS: Hmmm… not sure.. other than you love the Word!
@Bridget: Gotta brew up the caffeine first thing! … where’re the lights? ..
@Mo: You’re a poet. Of course, you’ve got latte and mocha as your faves!
@Rachel: LOL. No one’s pulling wool over your eyes!
@Anne: Wow, you sound like a barista, Anne. NKJ .. accuracy & lyricism.. that’s a good descr. of your writing style, too.
@Peter: Whaddya mean? Is it because you’re British, so you like tea?
@Heather: “quiet time with a great, big mug of creamy coffee”.. can I try some of yours? .. It’s a nice fragrance coming from your writing.
Black liquid is what I like – no fuss and no calories 🙂
As for my Bible, I’ve gone through all those phases at one time or another in my life (can you say ADD) and basically in the order you have them listed. I am using a TNIV Life Application Bible now (combination of the cappuccino and latte phase) along with a journal and various art, poetry and photographs books – guess I’m spilling into the mocha phase.
So it would de-clutter my life if I won a Mosaic Bible, because then it would all be in one book 😉
Funny post – thanks!
About your current mini-series: I am MOST impressed. As an ESV/Life Application Bible Latte drinker, you have intrigued me with the Mosaic Bible/interview. Thank you.
I wanted very much to share with you a possible ‘interviewee’ that (seems to me) fits so beautifully in with your ‘daily shot’ of all things Biblical.
Heather offers a ‘daily dose’ of hope in her blog:
I’ve only been reading her words for a few months now, but (especially considering her youthful age) have been very impressed with her ‘testimony’ and her Biblically-solid approach to suffering (a major theme in the Bible).
So, in case you hadn’t been familiar with her, I wanted to point her (blog) out to you. It seems to me that a right-minded (ie: Biblically saturated) approach to suffering is so needed in these days and goes a long way towards appreciating our Savior more fully.
wanting to Praise Him,
PS: Question for AnneLang….do you have any recommendations for a computer site concordance? I’d love to be able to look up verses more readily (as I love thesauruses, I love concordances).
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Bonnie–This is a fun post! While I love to greet the morning with my favorite mug filled with a hot cup of black coffee, complete with swirling steam dancing in the light of a sunny window…I am mostly a cappuccino girl when it comes to my Bible. Throughout the day I see God offering me a Mocha to sip as He uses so many encounters with people and the world to infuse my life with the fragrance of His love and grace.
And I have to add that I love my coffee hot, hot, hot! My favorite treat: A decaf mocha (honey, I certainly don’t need caffeine!) nice and hot–preferably at 180 degrees. I don’t want to settle for a luke-warm life!
Have enjoyed everyone’s comments. Everyone have a fresh-ground, faith-filled, double-shot day! Thanks again, Bonnie, for giving me a smile to start the day!
I was happy to hear you had a beautiful evening of your talk. Praise God!
Fun to learn how you like your coffee — in real life and with the Word. 😉
How great – just discovered your blog! I run our church’s Coffee Shop Ministry so coffee and God go hand in hand every day! I’m a Latte!
So wonderful you landed here! That is so cool you run a Coffee Shop Ministry; my kinda gig – coffee and God! 🙂 Join the crowd.. there’s lots a Latte’s here.
Are you seeing more people with the winter season? I’m curious – what’s the Coffee Shop Ministry like? .. how’s it going?
I’m a cappuccino/latte mix probably, though if I had to choose I’d go for the cappuccino. My Bible is all marked up and I switch between NLT, NIV, NASB, and RSV for my studies with the Logos/Gramcord software. I’m a big IVP Dictionary fan as well.
This reminds me of my Greek teacher who gave all of his students candy bars at the end of the course that best described them. He gave me a Milky Way Light because he said I wasn’t too heavenly minded to be no earthly good. I always looked for application.
Great question…I think I am mostly a “Mocha”; Sometimes a “Latte” and often a “Cappucino”; This is the one thing I keep up consistantly with, be it online, offline or via devotionals, but always with His Word as the basis for everything to start out with.
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Oh man! I must admit, I think mine depends on my mood. You certainly pinned me as taking it black . . . .90% of the time, but I’ll indulge every now and again. I also have to say that I do have several of the giant binders. . . well thought-out post, and happy New Year to you, too!
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Yes! Absolutely! 🙂 Shalom!
I love the analogy especially this time of year – I would have to say I am defintely a Latte kind of gal – love it rich and creamy!!! I’m always looking to expand and fill my bookshelf with more and more inspirational and devotional readings. And most defintely pair it up with my daily bread!!! 🙂
I’m a combination with cappuccino and latte in terms of bible coffee drinker is concern. But in my morning drink I love hot black coffee. I enjoyed reading your blog. Mainstay Ministries Looking forward for more in the future.
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